§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when she recevied the communication from the hon. Member for West Ham, North, dated 8th December, 1971, concerning St. Angela's School; when she approached the London Borough of Newham in connection with this matter; when she received its reply; and what information as contained in this communication was not known to her Department prior to her reply to the hon. Member sent on 18th January, 1972.
§ Mr. van Straubenzee
The hon. Member's letter was received on Thursday, 9th December and the Department wrote to the Newham Local Education Authority on Monday, 13th December. Its reply, received on 10th January, revealed that the protracted negotiations about the property in question were almost complete.